Why? How Often? Will it damage my skin?
Our skin renews its cells every 28 days or so. During that time, our skin is exposed to pollutants, dirt, and oil that gets into our pores. Dead skin cells are constantly shedding from your face, but in order to properly remove the layers of dead skin cells, you must exfoliate. A cleanser is not always able to thouroughly clean out the clogged pores and remove the excess dead skin. There are several different kinds of exfoliants. Here is a brief explanation of the 2 main types.
Physical or Mechanical Exfoliation💪🏼:
All scrubs, clarisonic brushes, and microdermabrasion are types of physical exfoliation. In other words, you can feel it exfoliating! Be careful when picking out a scrub to incorporate into your routine. Many drugstore products contain ingredients that are too large to use on your face and result in making tiny tears in your precious skin.
Here are a couple of physical exfoliants that I recommend!
Chemical exfoliants come from different kinds of acids or from enzymes found in certain fruits. A thin layer is applied over your face and seeps deep into the skin and exfoliates it. It does not feel like a scrub, but rather, a tingle. With most chemical exfoliants, you remove them shortly after they are applied. Some peels are only to be applied by professionals. However, enzyme peels and masks are available for the average skincare guru!
Here are a couple of my favorites!
Physical Exfoliation: 1-3 times a week depending on your skin type.
Chemical Exfoliation: For Enzyme Masks: About once a week
For Professional Peels: Once a month
If you have sensitive skin, I would stick to a gentle scrub and have a professional (like me🙋🏻) apply the more potent peels and masks.
Chemical Exfoliation is great for skin that can take a bit more.
Will it damage my skin?
No! BUT, you must make sure that the brand you are using has reliable ingredients and formulas that are safe for your skin.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. That’s what I’m here for.